What You Need to Know about Investing in the Market of Coronavirus
Coronavirus has been hitting the stock market hard, causing the fear of a recession or financial crisis similar to what we had seen in 2008. Like the 2008 financial crisis, many investors are suffering from the dramatic downturn of the market. This is especially hurting those without financial advisors to provide active management, cushioning high losses in the current market.
Here are 5 questions you should be asking yourself about your portfolio in the market of coronavirus.
1. Is Your Portfolio Diversified?
Your assets should be distributed across many different classes and categories in order to minimize the overall losses your portfolio takes in the market of coronavirus. Gold is a commodity that has been doing well despite coronavirus hurting the market, this is because it’s a safe and stable investment. People selling their stocks are clinging to these types of investments, making them more valuable for those already holding these assets.
2. Do You Own Bonds?
You should also have exposure to both stocks and bonds, these markets preform separately from one another providing lower total losses when one underperforms. In the market of coronavirus, we have seen the stock market fall, however the bond market is doing well as bond prices are rising. If you don’t own bonds or you don’t own the right kind of bonds you may be increasing your losses in the current market.
3. Are You Rebalancing?
Rebalancing your portfolio to match certain sectors that are doing well is imperative to minimizing losses in a downward market. Right now, consumer staples and certain commodities are doing well despite the falling market. In order to fend off losses your portfolio should be reweighted to overemphasize sectors that will do well in a downward market and lessen your holdings in the sectors that are getting hit with losses. By minimizing the sectors facing loss in your portfolio you are working towards minimizing your own losses.
4. Are You Actively Trading?
We have all heard the message: when you invest put your money in and don’t check on it for a long time after. The coronavirus market may not be the best time to do that. If you are not actively managing your assets or having someone do that for you, you are most likely missing out on trading opportunities that could decrease your overall losses. The stock market has been declining but will eventually go back up; now is the time to be looking at how you can buy low to reap the benefits of the post-coronavirus market.
5. Is Your Portfolio Preforming Similar to What the Media is Saying?
The media has been giving worst case scenario messaging around the coronavirus market. Thus, if you are seeing similarities between the media and your portfolio, your portfolio may not be designed to minimize losses in the ways stated above. Do not panic if this is your situation, instead schedule a call with us so we can talk more about how Camelotta Advisors may be able to help.
If you were unable to answer any of the questions above, we recommend that you speak with an investment advisor who can give you personalized advice based on your financial situation. If you have an investment advisor, we recommend talking to them about each of these questions and sharing your concerns.
Our Methods for Investing:
Camelotta Advisors is committed to putting our clients first and minimizing their losses to maximize their gains. We are a macroeconomic globally focused investment advisor with over 15 years of experience.
We believe public markets are generally efficient and therefore it is best to diversify broadly to hedge against event risk. That said, we do believe in tilting portfolios based on macroeconomic factors capturing aspects of the economic cycle.
On the fixed income side, we establish a target for duration, credit quality and tax exposure. Each fixed income portfolio consists of individual bonds, held to maturity, chosen specifically for each client. We shy away from bond funds because they hinder our clients’ natural advantage of being long term investors that can hold bonds to maturity. This is particularly valuable in times of high market volatility because it enables a more effective rebalancing system.
We implement a systematic set of rebalancing rules for each client. This system places a passive “buy low/sell high” function in each portfolio that enhances returns and codifies smart investing rules that have historically been the bedrock of long-term wealth creation.
We encourage clients to look at the quality of returns and not just absolute returns, and to consider their risk adjusted returns. In this way, our clients’ investment performance is most relevant to their financial plan. We want clients not to ask, “how much return can you get me,” but rather, “can you get me a better than market risk adjusted return?”
When investing, losses are bound to happen, at Camelotta Advisors we focus on designing portfolios for our clients that will minimize losses in down markets, so they fare better than average investors in up markets.
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